Updated: Aug 25
Social stratification is everywhere and has always been, but they are all different from one another as well. Cultures have differences between classes, differences between races, or genders. Sometimes simply because of your Origin and ethnic background, religion, government or money. Social Stratification is a Universal idea amongst Human beings. Every culture language, education, and every individual is different. Due to these differences we tend to judge other people, or classify individuals as certain groups of people. There are two main things that I believe contributes to these segregated ideas in every culture. These are Money, and Power. Money today is all you need to live better than someone else. To be happy, to feel free. Money solves all of our issues and in certain circumstances you get respect. You are labeled an upper class individual and don’t have the same struggles as a working class would have. This causes tensions and class conflicts between each other. Power is also a problem especially in certain Origins. Too much power will cause Wars, dictatorships, and Tyranny. The more power you have the more a police state, and the more separations between the people, their government, and even our Society. The Elite class will keep themselves in power as long as they have the military on their side and if the majority of people support social inequalities.
A Global shift is taking place today all around the world. People all over the world are becoming more independent and are waking up from these casted class systems. People are standing up and fighting for freedom and oppression. Freedom from a corrupted system or against corrupted government. Also the more technology changes, so does society. People in this new generation in my personal opinion are not worried about Power or class systems anymore. They are more interested in the newest technology, what is on the Media, and Fame. Religion, The Media, and Politics have an ongoing influence on the lives of individuals. In Religion we are taught to believe, behave, and think a certain way. If we see someone violating these values and acting differently we have the tendency of judging them or dissociating from these individuals. The Media is also another way that controls the way we see things in our everyday life. We focus on the latest trends and what is new to make us spend the money we sometimes don’t have because we want to fit in with the crowd. Politics is another way that individuals are influenced every day because we are thought differently than other groups of people and we separate these groups based on their political believes and statuses such as Democratic, Republicans and Liberals, etc. Many come to the land of the free because they believe it is a land for a better future. The real truth is that only the chosen ones are able to make it in America. For many Legal or Illegal immigrants it doesn't really matter what type of jobs they have or their living conditions. If you are not wealthy or have a higher education you will be nothing but another working class statistic. My family when they first came to America they started off from the beginning and made their way up to where they are today. This affected me in a way because the better living conditions we were the more we wanted. We wanted to have luxuries things just like individuals of the upper class. This made us work even harder for our wants and not focus our needs which was an education, and family.
This is how social stratification is everywhere and has always been, but they are all different from one another. Many Cultures have differences between classes, differences between races, or genders. Sometimes simply because of your Origin and ethnic background, religion, government or money. Social Stratification is a Universal idea amongst Human beings.